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What is the sound in the opening of The Fixx Deeper and Deeper Virtual Instrument Plugins
Old 4 weeks ago
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What is the sound in the opening of The Fixx Deeper and Deeper

Within the first second, the very first opening sound, what is this? Are we listening to a single synthesized sound here, or is it more than one mixed on top of eachother? Is it a sample or is it a synthesized sound? It's very interesting, it's very clean, metallic, percussive but also has an element of pitch to it. I'm curious as to how it was created.
Old 4 weeks ago
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PPG Wave all the way.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Weird.. I started a thread on the same thing about 2 weeks ago.

The Fixx - Deeper and Deeper

The prevailing thought is that it's PPG, but nobody seems to have much info beyond that.
Old 4 weeks ago
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If no luck getting more info, you may want to write to the band's fan mail for more details.
Old 4 weeks ago
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I freaking LOVE that intro. I am also convinced it's a PPG Wave, well sequenced or run through a triggered gate. Rupert Greenall did some very creative stuff with his synths, including using a classic Frampton-style talk box to shape the sound. I'd love to know the details though.
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It sounds like the filter is controlled by a looping envelope where the decay time is modulated manually. Does the PPG have looping envelopes? It could of course have been run through some modular filter where that setup is possible.

This is something that you can do on many modern synths. I recognize it from some sounds on my Pro-2.
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Love the synths on this track as well as on 'Stand or Fall'..
Old 4 weeks ago
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Originally Posted by biggator6 View Post
Weird.. I started a thread on the same thing about 2 weeks ago.
Hah, so weird! We're on the same wavelength. I've been listening to the Fixx quite a bit recently as I've been digitizing my CDs and putting them on my phone. Love this particular track, especially that opening.
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Love the synths on this track as well as on 'Stand or Fall'..
Indeed. In fact I love a lot of their tracks, both the music and production is outstanding.

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Old 4 weeks ago
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If no luck getting more info, you may want to write to the band's fan mail for more details.
Good suggestion. By the way, love your profile avatar. I was born and raised in New Mexico. Last year I asked my sister to design a Kokopelli tattoo for me.
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Not sure if this helps but Songfacts says:

"Rupert Hine created the distinctive keyboard part at the beginning of the song by triggering a keyboard from a pulse created by a LinnDrum. It was the triggering that made the unusual effect."


Deeper and Deeper by The Fixx - Songfacts
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